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Subject: More cuts?
interestedamateur    12/13/2006 4:08:41 AM
Its being widely reported that the navy is being reduced to 19 warships with another 6 in extended readiness. First mentioned in the Sun, but now reported in JDW, which gives the story more credibility. You might be interested to read the report attached below. Alarmingly the writer considers that there is a £60 billion gap in the procurement budget between 2007 - 2011. His solution is to cancel the remaining expensive projects such as FRES, reduce the Navy to 14 hulls, cancel Typhoon Tranche 3, and completely cut all tanks. In return he would purchase more transport helicopters and aircraft, go for conventional carriers, and convert the armoured regiments to light battalions. His argument is that because we routinely fight low and mediu intensity conflicts, this is what we should prepare for. You might disagree with him, but it's an interesting paper.
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interestedamateur    Link attached here   12/13/2006 4:10:25 AM
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Yimmy       12/14/2006 5:28:33 PM
I can't get your link to work, could you just type it out without the http formatting please?

Without reading the link I can't really comment much..... but why does everyone think we can target the navy for cuts?  Unless we plough money into the navy now, it will collapse as an effective force.  My brother kindly gave me a tour of HMS Nottingham, a Type 42 Batch II, the other day - and I was not impressed.  The ship itself is old to say the least, but such cost cutting measures as removing the torpedo tubes and placing the sonar on 180 days notice really should not be considerd acceptable.

Just because we are fighting these small wars in far away mostly land-locked countries today, does not mean we will be tomorrow.  We are still an island.

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interestedamateur       12/15/2006 4:55:41 AM
Sorry Yimmy and anyone else who might have been interested, try the above link (with 3 W's).
Actually I made a mistake - on second reading the procurement deficit between 2007 - 2011 is actually £12 billion not £60 billion (which is the total procurement budget). Still a pretty sizeable amount over a 5 year period though.
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